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What’s the Difference between a Plastic Surgeon and a Cosmetic Surgeon?

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The largest difference between a plastic surgeon and a cosmetic surgeon is that a plastic surgeon has at least six years of surgical training and experience, with at least two years specifically dedicated to plastic surgery whereas a cosmetic surgeon is typically a physician whose specialty training is in another area of medicine who has decided to add cosmetic surgery to his or her practice. An educated patient will make smart choices towards safety and a successful procedure. To be sure you have selected a surgeon with the surgical training and experience needed to perform cosmetic or reconstructive plastic surgery,…

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Educational Event helps Dallas Plastic Surgery Patients

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Members of the Dallas Society of Plastic Surgeons gathered recently to advance their education and continue their ongoing commitment to plastic surgery training, patient safety, and education. The mission of the society is to further the advancement of knowledge and patient safety in plastic surgery, confer on common interests, and promote camaraderie amongst Dallas area board-certified plastic surgeons who are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. The DSPS members met for dinner, fellowship, and to learn from speakers; Dr. William P. Adams Jr., an Associate Clinical Professor of UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas and Dr. Steven R….

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What are Options for My Aging Neck?

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A neck lift is a long-lasting option for improving the visible signs of aging in the neck and jawline. A neck lift is a surgical procedure that should be performed by a highly trained, board-certified plastic surgeon. For more subtle results, nonsurgical options, such as a combination of injectables and laser treatments, can be considered as a good option for the right patient. After a cosmetic consultation, your plastic surgeon may recommend a combination of both surgical and nonsurgical options to restore your youthful appearance. The most noticeable signs of aging of the neck begin in the 40s or 50s…

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See Beyond the End of Your Nose with Rhinoplasty

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People decide to get cosmetic or functional nose reshaping surgery – medically known as rhinoplasty – for various reasons, ranging from straightening a broken nose to fixing a breathing issue. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, nose jobs are one of the most-popular plastic surgeries. In 2019, more than 207,000 procedures were performed. Patients pursuing cosmetic rhinoplasty often say that asymmetry is something they want to fix. For instance, a nose that leans too far to the left or right can draw unwanted attention from the rest of the face. There are various ways that a board-certified plastic…

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Facial Enhancement Procedures That Can Make A Big Difference

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This era of unflattering video calls is the perfect time to consider facial enhancement procedures that can create a lifted, youthful appearance. There are numerous procedures and treatments that a board-certified plastic surgeon can implement to improve aesthetics for the face. Some that can make the most impact include treatments or surgeries that address the forehead, cheeks, lips and chin. Here’s a breakdown of some of the options available: Brow lift: Also known as a forehead lift, a brow lift can reduce wrinkles, improve frown lines and raise sagging skin that hood the eyebrows. There are several types of procedures,…

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What Age Can I Get a Facelift?

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Instead of turning back the clock in their 60s or 70s, many facelift patients today are deciding to stop the clock several decades earlier in their 40s and 50s. Younger people are increasingly having facelifts to assure they never actually look like they need a facelift. Patients under the age of 54 accounted for 34% of the 123,685 facelifts performed in the United States in 2019. Their relative youth at the time of their surgery provides some advantages, such as less tissue to be repositioned or adjusted and a quicker recovery time. A facelift, or rhytidectomy is a surgical procedure…

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Can I Recover from Eyelid Surgery Before the Holidays?

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The delicate skin of the upper and lower eyelids can gradually sag with age, resulting in eyes that look tired. A board-certified plastic surgeon can perform eyelid lift surgery, known as a blepharoplasty, to address the signs of aging around your eyes. Your recovery time will be about one month, which means there is still time to have the procedure performed before the holidays! Even if you are celebrating on Zoom, you can have youthful looking eyes by Thanksgiving or Christmas! Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure designed to eliminate lax tissue around the eyes, creating a brighter, more awake look….

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Fat Transfers Enhance and Add Volume to the Face and Body

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Fat transfers are changing the face of plastic surgery. While plastic surgeons have long been extracting fat from the stomach or thighs to inject into breasts and buttocks, the latest trend is to use similar techniques to add a youthful fullness to the face. Fat transfer, also known as fat grafting, helps to revitalize and rejuvenate skin quality while adding fullness to the injection site. Surgeons remove a patient’s own fat from a donor location and inject it into a spot that could benefit from some volume. Increasingly, fat transfers are accompanying facelift procedures to increase volume in such areas…

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Mommy Makeovers Help Women Get Back Their Pre-Baby Bodies

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Pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding can cause many changes to a woman’s body. Enter the “Mommy Makeover,” which plastic surgeons developed as a combination of cosmetic surgery procedures to help women get back their pre-baby shape. The Mommy Makeover involves a combination of procedures performed as a single or multiple staged surgery designed to address physical changes that mothers often experience. The makeovers can also be performed for women who have lost significant weight. The procedures included can address such issues as loss of volume in breasts, loose skin, and a flabby tummy, and correct weak or separated abdominal muscles. Each…

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Shapely or flabby? – A Body Lift Can Help You Fit into Your Summer Clothes

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Summer is approaching and so is the chance to restore and enhance your body. Exercise alone can’t correct for sagging due to age, heredity, prior pregnancies or fluctuations in weight. But there are several cosmetic procedures that can help create a trimmer silhouette and redefine your shape. Some of these include: Arm, body, thigh, or buttock lifts; mommy makeovers; body contouring after weight loss; and tummy tucks. Arm, thigh, and buttock lifts each involve reducing pockets of fat in the specified area; tightening and smoothing supportive tissue; and removing excess sagging skin. Meanwhile, a tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, removes excess…

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